I found some…

Swans in a row…of sorts.

These gulls and terns were in a row….

but I think only because their perch was straight.


The gulls were flying in a row/line,

only because 2 and 3 were trying to

catch 1, which had some food.

AS for ducks in a row….there is

always one in every class!! 🙂


A Photo a Week Challenge: Ducks-in-a-Row





Taupo Gardens…8It almost seemed like it was raining blossom…

in some part of this relatively small garden.



A close up of the pink camellia.

I did not notice the photo bomber

until I cropped to accentuate the dew,

which is not clearly visible on WP.


Floral Friday

Floral Friday





People of Heaven


Beverley Harper

People of Heaven sat on my iPod for at least a year before I listened to it.  But it was worth the wait.   I have rated People of Heaven as one of my all-time favourites and definitely the favourite of my four of Beverley Harper books to date.

People of Heaven had me hooked in the first couple of minutes when the author described a young rhinoceros giving birth, to the culmination of the epilogue.  In between there appeared no topic was off-limits.  Plantation life and the treatment of native Africans, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, inter-racial friendships in an apartheid driven era, sex addiction, guerrilla warfare and plain straight out murder were all dealt with in a way that was meaningful and realistic.

Narrator, Jerome Pride, must be applauded for his reading of People of Heaven.   Whether it was an Indian, Scottish, Australian accent or one of several South African accents he made them sound authentic to my ear.

People of Heaven, contains some lines and characters which, made me smile and at times those who made me feel sad.  As a story, it flowed along at a nice pace and never did I feel that there was ‘padding’ involved.


I think

People of Heaven


is a


At the time of writing

Goodreads readers have rated

People of Heaven

an average of 4.23 stars

from 173 ratings and 6 reviews

People of Heaven

can be purchased on-line at

FishpondNot available-Booktopia and Amazon



These images are of Maggie, however

I am thinking of Taji

when I write this post.

One moment Taji is stretched…sleeping,

for all intents and purposes

An instant later she is out of the blocks

charging around the house to bark at walkers,

and their dogs,

or her canine friends next door.

What alerts her from her slumbers

is beyond my hearing.

And to makes matters worse approaching

her fourth birthday in November

it is now unlikely the she will

ever grow out of this habit.


Word of the Day Challenge:  Instant